Watchet Beach

Watchet Beach - Somerset
© Nigel Chadwick and licensed for reuse under this Licence

Below the cliffs of the harbour town of Watchet, low tide exposes a vast flat, rocky area, which then disappears once more as the tide comes in.

The cliffs here are famous for their abundance of fossils and ammonites, particularly on the stretch between Watchet and Blue Anchor. Local fossil finds are on display in the Market House Museum. 
Beachcombing is popular on the beach, as many interesting fossils get washed up by the tides.  Note that the area is within a Site of Special Scientific Interest and hammering at the bedrock is strictly forbidden.

Visitors to the beach need to be wary of the tides which come in exceptionally quickly. It is best to check tidal tables when planning a visit.

Car parks can be found in the town centre of Watchet, along Harbour Road, where there are also public toilets. Shops, places to eat, and places to stay can all be found nearby. The town centre also contains several interesting museums, including the Watchet Boat Museum, a marina, and a train station along the heritage, mostly steam- operated West Somerset Railway.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions.

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  • Sailing
  • Rock pooling


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Town centre nearby
  • Shop
  • Pub nearby
  • Slipway

Nearest town



TA23 0DG

OS grid ref.

ST 0759 4344


Parking available in the town

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